The RTX Super cards effectively shift performance down a pricing tier. The GeForce RTX 2060 Super performs on a par with the original $500 RTX 2070, and the new RTX 2070 Super is almost as powerful as the original $700 RTX 2080. AMD’s Radeon duo, meanwhile, outpunches their direct GeForce competition in raw frame rates despite Nvidia’s attempted Super spoiler.
These cards kick all kinds of ass—so much so, in fact, that they’ve rendered several once-compelling graphics card options obsolete practically overnight. The graphics cards listed below are still being sold, but you don’t want to buy them anymore. Instead, check out our guide to the best graphics cards for gaming to see the ideal picks for every budget and display resolution.
Got it? Good. Onto the cards you shouldn’t buy unless you find them at spectacular discounts:
Consider the non-Super GeForce RTX 2060, which is sticking around. Nvidia’s card delivers ho-hum real-time ray tracing performance in games that support it. Meanwhile, the Radeon RX 5700 delivers a much better memory configuration and performance. We simply can’t recommend the plain RTX 2060 anymore—especially when the GeForce RTX 2060 Super cranks everything up for just $50 more.
Likewise, most Vega GPUs are still selling near their launch pricing, which is just ludicrous. All of the fresh GPUs (and even the RTX 2060 non-Super we just said to avoid) are much better purchases than a $400 Vega 56 or $500 Vega 64. You can find a couple of Vega 56 models selling for $280. At that price, they’re worth considering as AMD’s last-gen star is a little bit faster than the similarly priced GeForce GTX 1660 Ti—but not by much. I wouldn’t buy a Vega 56 for more than that even with the three months of Xbox Game Pass for PC that it currently comes bundled with.
Everything else just gets walloped by new GPU options that cost scads less. Competition’s ramping up, and PC gamers are getting more for their dollars. Expect to see more casualties of war as AMD continues rolling out new graphics cards based on its next-gen “RDNA” architecture and Nvidia adjusts pricing—or shows off a few tricks of its own—to counter the 7nm Radeon push.